Leading the Way: SEPTA’s Coordinated Response to Safety and Security
More than a thousand individuals experience homelessness in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Due to this large-scale public health crisis, many of these individuals end up seeking shelter on SEPTA’s vehicles and in our stations.
In response, SEPTA partnered with organizations in the community and launched the SCOPE program, coordinated under a newly created Outreach Services Department. SCOPE, which stands for Safety, Cleaning, Ownership, Partnership and Engagement, is SEPTA’s system-wide, compassionate approach to connect vulnerable individuals with social services and provide a safe, clean transit system for both riders and employees.
Watch the video below or download a PDF of the plan to learn more about the problems SEPTA faces, where they are on the system and what SEPTA is doing about them. Riders, employees, policy makers, the business community and the SCOPE team are critical to ensuring SEPTA can provide safe, secure and reliable service that supports Philadelphia and the region through current recovery and for the long term.
“SEPTA cannot solve this public health crisis on our own. But with support and action from diverse partners, we can make SEPTA safe for all and continue to be the economic backbone of the city and region”
Leslie S. Richards
CEO and General Manager
More About SCOPE
- Be the Change: Preventing Sexual Violence in Philadelphia Symposium September 21, 2023
- From Homeless to Housed June 7, 2023
- How SEPTA is Making a Difference in the Lives of Vulnerable People (Transit Unplugged Podcast)
- A Conversation about Homelessness with Sophia Hendry (PDF)
- SCOPE Trains Cabrini Students to Help with Vulnerable Population (PDF)
- A Day in the Life of an Outreach Worker (PDF)
SCOPE in the News
- SEPTA Teams Up With Savage Sisters To Combat Homelessness
- Officials Rethink Proposal to Add Homeless Services Hub Along A Line in Long Beach
- Leaders from SEPTA and City Hall gather to Share Strategies for Overcoming Homelessness
- Some U.S. Cities may Offer Model to Ease Canada Transit Violence
- SEPTA Announces New Safety Plan
- How Public Transit Became the Last Safety Net In America
Kenneth Divers: Director of Outreach Programs